Limerick man held on €96k drugs charge is refused bail

Patrick Scanlon leaving Limerick District Court, where he was denied bail. Picture Liam Burke/Press 22
A 52-year-old man charged in connection with the seizure of €96,000 worth of drugs intercepted by gardai and customs officers in Limerick has been refused bail.

A 52-year-old man charged in connection with the seizure of €96,000 worth of drugs intercepted by gardai and customs officers in Limerick has been refused bail.

Patrick Scanlon, with an address a a hotel in Jersey in the UK, but originally from Loughill, is charged with possession of cannabis worth in excess of €13,000 for the purpose of sale or supply at Churchview, Pallaskenry on August 8.

In his evidence at Limerick District Court this Wednesday, Detective Garda David Baynham said the drugs had originated in Spain. The garda said Mr Scanlon had returned to Limerick last July.

After his arrest he gave gardai an address for a hotel in Jersey where he worked for 12 months and as part of the terms his employment he stayed at the hotel. The court heard the 52-year-old no longer works at the hotel and that gardai were unable to contact anybody there.

During his objection to bail the Det. Gd Baynham said gardai were able to establish that Mr Scanlon has stayed at a number of hotels and guest houses in Ireland since his return from the UK.

He said Mr Scanlon had also given the address of a parish priest in Limerick city whom he had stayed with since his return but gardai have been unable to get in contact with this priest.

Sergeant Donal Cronin said the 52-year-old had little or no connection with the state.

Defence solicitor John Devane said his client was in receipt of €186 in social welfare and applied for free legal aid. He said the 52-year-old could also have a son who is prepared to have his father stay with him.

Judge John O’Neill refused the bail application and remanded Mr Scanlon in custody until September 3.